Aug 2 2014

Deadly Ink This Weekend

Last year, I attended my first Deadly Ink conference. I had a great time, which is really saying something, since I’d had surgery on my left foot four days before the conference started… and periodontal surgery just two days before. Honestly, I look back and wonder, What was I thinking? But there’s no group of people I’d rather hang out with than my crime-fiction tribe, even when I’m in rough shape.

I’m back at Deadly Ink this year, and I’m really looking forward to it. (Bonus: I can walk and talk normally this year!) If you’re near New Brunswick, NJ, I hope you’ll come by the Hyatt Regency (walk-ins are welcome; you don’t need to register in advance). I’ll be around all weekend, but here are the panels I’ll be on:

  • Saturday, 10am-10:55am: “What’s in the Works” with Jeff Cohen, Kevin Egan, Jack Getze, Jon McGoran, Jeff Markowitz, and moderator Terry Irving
  • Saturday, 4pm-4:55pm: “Rollercoaster Rides—What Makes a Thriller Compelling” with R. G. Belsky, Kevin Egan, Terry Irving, E.J. Rand, Cathi Stoler, and moderator Jon McGoran
  • Sunday, 1pm-2pm: “Boxers or Briefs—A Discussion of Short Stories” with Jack Getze, Barb Goffman, K. B. Inglee, Albert Tucher, and moderator Donna Andrews
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Jun 27 2014

Announcing an eBook Sale!

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If you’ve never read the Lily Moore books, now would be a great time to get into them! THE DAMAGE DONE, the book that launched the series and won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best Novel, is now on sale for $2.99 for Kobo, Kindle, Nook, and on iBooks.

EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES, published in 2013, is on sale for $1.99 for Kobo, Kindle, Nook, and on iBooks. The promotion will run for a limited time, so grab the eBooks now!

UPDATE 7/3/14: THE DAMAGE DONE is back to its regular price, but EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES is still on sale for $1.99. Grab it now!

 

 

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Jun 11 2014

The Lizard’s Ardent Uniform

cover_LizardsArdent_525wA few months ago, my friend David Cranmer asked me to be part of a special project: an anthology to celebrate the life of his nephew Kyle J. Knapp, who died tragically in a house fire at the age of 23. David’s idea was to give each writer involved in the project a sentence from one of Kyle’s journals, and to have us spin a story from there. The line I was given was this: “A lonely hitch hiker was walking down the road on a sunny afternoon.” That became the foundation for my short story, “The Debt,” which is in the just-released collection THE LIZARD’S ARDENT UNIFORM & OTHER STORIES. The talented lineup includes Chris F. Holm, Patti Abbott, Steve Weddle, Terrie Farley Moran, and other terrific writers. The collection is available as an eBook and in print — and the eBook is available for free right now.

David has written movingly about Kyle’s life in the past, but his most recent post — telling the story behind THE LIZARD’S ARDENT UNIFORM — is a must-read. To quote a small portion of it:

Only after his death did I find out that, like me, Kyle was a fan of Dr. Who, and in an episode from season three of the new series, when David Tennant, playing the famous time traveler, says, “Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person,” I think of the twenty-three-year-old Kyle Joseph Knapp and the many lives he lived as a poet, naturalist, musician, son, brother, friend, and dream voyager.

I hope you’ll enjoy the collection.

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May 30 2014

Guest Editing at the National Post

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When the opportunity came up to guest edit the National Post‘s “Afterword” column, I immediately said yes. Just as quickly, I started wondering what the heck I would write about. I emailed Mark Medley, the Post‘s Books Editor, to ask for guidelines.

“You have complete leeway,” he answered. This was both thrilling and daunting. Thrilling, because what writer wouldn’t want to publish four columns in the venerable Post? Daunting, because I like to have some idea what I’m going to write before I sit down at my computer, and in this case, I had none.

Not that that stopped me. The posts went up this week, and Monday’s has the distinction of being one of the most contentious guest posts in the Afterword’s history. Here they are, in order of date published:

Monday, May 26: “Sorry, But Social Media Will Not Sell Your Book”

Tuesday, May 27:  “Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, and Me”

Wednesday, May 28: “Heroes, Villains, and Shades of Gray”

Thursday, May 29: “The Conversation Every Author Dreads”

A huge thank you to Mark Medley for having me guest edit at the Post, and to Dan Wagstaff (my publicity rep at Raincoast Books, my Canadian distributor) for setting this up in the first place!

Photo above: At the Canadian launch party for BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS. From left to right: Hilary Davidson, Peter Robinson, and Mark Medley.

 

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Apr 15 2014

Release Day for BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS

blood always tells cvrThere’s nothing like book release day. It’s like a having a birthday, Christmas, and Cinco de Mayo all rolled up into one. Today, BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS is released into the world (well, the US and Canada) by Tor/Forge Books. I couldn’t be more excited about the reception the book is getting. A few of the greatest hits:

RT Book Reviews: ***Selected as a Top Pick*** “Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity. Impressive from the outset, the surprises continue throughout until the clincher at the end. Her talent for character development shines.”

Criminal Element: “Blood Always Tells is a story about power and powerlessness, about selfishness and selflessness, about desperate people doing desperate things. Underneath it all, though, it’s also a meditation on fate and free will, on nature and nurture, and on whether it’s possible to overcome genetics and circumstance.”

The Globe & Mail: “This is her best mystery yet.”

iBooks: Selected Blood Always Tells as one of the 20 Best Books of April

Quill & Quire: “As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. ”

MysteryPeople: “This could be the Gone Girl of 2014.” (Selected as the Mystery Pick of the Month at Austin’s BookPeople)

Publishers Weekly: “[A] riveting standalone from Anthony Award–winner Davidson.”

Crimespree Magazine: “This is her finest work to date. The devilishly good plot twists will keep you guessing—just when you think you’ve got it worked out, Davidson zings you from another direction.”

Dead End Follies: “It’s a book that takes chances and covers a spectacular emotional range… [it] is Davidson at her boldest, craftiest, most mature and most twisted.”

The launch party is tomorrow night at NYC’s Mysterious Bookshop. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come! Or else catch me on tour.

Read the reviews. Read an excerpt. Buy the book.

 

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Apr 14 2014

Opening Up About Surviving an Arson

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I have an essay in today’s Globe & Mail: “When Fire Consumed My Workplace My Illusions About Safety Were Reduced to Ashes.” In it, I talk about how surviving an arson changed my life in ways I never could’ve anticipated. It’s a tough, painful subject, but I hope you’ll find it worth reading.

 

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Apr 13 2014

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS is One of the 20 Best Books of April!

iTunes_2My day — quite possibly my month — has been made by iBooks, which has named BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS as one of the 20 Best Books of April. iBooks also has a free eleven-chapter download of the book. Start reading it now, before it’s published on Tuesday!

The latest reviews have been incredible. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Blood Always Tells is a story about power and powerlessness, about selfishness and selflessness, about desperate people doing desperate things. Underneath it all, though, it’s also a meditation on fate and free will, on nature and nurture, and on whether it’s possible to overcome genetics and circumstance.” — Katrina Niidas Holm, Criminal Element

“As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. Even the most minor-seeming detail pays off. In the dedication, Davidson writes, “If you’re going to sin, sin big.” The sin for the reader would be missing out on this well-crafted mystery.” — Quill & Quire

“This is her best mystery yet.” — The Globe & Mail

“Desmond shines through as a bright light what could have potentially been a dark and chilling storyline… Characters like this are a characteristic of Davidson’s writing; in each she takes you on a wild journey, introducing you to the worst members of society with that one character that serves as a ray of hope amidst all the chaos and depravity.” — Jenn’s Bookshelves

Order the book now.

 

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Apr 8 2014

One More Week!

blood always tells cvr“Yes, Blood Always Tells is a story about power and powerlessness, about selfishness and selflessness, about desperate people doing desperate things. Underneath it all, though, it’s also a meditation on fate and free will, on nature and nurture, and on whether it’s possible to overcome genetics and circumstance.” — Katrina Niidas Holm, Criminal Element

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS will be out from Tor/Forge a week from today and I couldn’t be more excited. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also on tenterhooks, more nervous than I’ve been about any book since THE DAMAGE DONE, my debut novel. BLOOD is my first standalone, so there are no familiar characters and relationships and rhythms to fall back on. This book lives or dies on its own.

I’m grateful for all of the support I’ve had with this book so far (there’s been a lot). I’m also excited about the critical reception the book is getting. Some of the latest reviews:

“Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity. Impressive from the outset, the surprises continue throughout until the clincher at the end. Her talent for character development shines.” — RT Book Reviews, Selected as a Top Pick

“Blood Always Tells is the first post-Lily Moore novel for Hilary Davidson and it is a striking success. It’s a book that takes chances and covers a spectacular emotional range… [it] is Davidson at her boldest, craftiest, most mature and most twisted.” — Benoît Lelièvre, Dead End Follies

“As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. Even the most minor-seeming detail pays off. In the dedication, Davidson writes, “If you’re going to sin, sin big.” The sin for the reader would be missing out on this well-crafted mystery.” — Quill & Quire

“This is her best mystery yet.” — Margaret Cannon, The Globe & Mail

If you’re curious about BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, check out these links:

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Mar 25 2014

Exclusive Excerpt on iBooks

blood always tells cvrThree weeks from today is launch day for BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS. If you’re curious about my first standalone novel — and I really, really hope you are — you can download a free eleven-chapter excerpt from iBooks right now. You read that right: not eleven pages, but eleven chapters. At that point, I’m hoping you’ll be hooked and putting the book down won’t be an option! (Remember, if you pre-order the book on iBooks or elsewhere, you’ll be entered in the pre-order contest. Details here.)

In other news, I’m thrilled to say that BLOOD’s latest rave review is from Quill & Quire:

The many intersecting plot threads involving a family fortune, a missing child, and multiple secrets could easily have become a tangled mess. Fortunately, Davidson knows how to handle a complicated story and also keep her reader turning the pages. Motivation, history, and plot twists are meted out in the novel’s short, punchy chapters, building suspense and escalating the thrills quickly but logically. As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. Even the most minor-seeming detail pays off. In the dedication, Davidson writes, “If you’re going to sin, sin big.” The sin for the reader would be missing out on this well-crafted mystery.

I’m linking to the full review because Q&Q manages to write in great depth about the novel without giving away spoilers. That isn’t easy with a book this twisted!

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Mar 11 2014

EVIL Gets a Paperback… & a Playlist!

Evil-in-All-its-DisguisesThe third novel in the Lily Moore series, EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES, is out in paperback today from Tor/Forge. To celebrate, I’ve created a musical playlist for the book in iTunes. It features the music that I had playing in the back of my mind while I wrote certain scenes of the book, and a few of the artists, such as Madeleine Peyroux, are explicitly mentioned in its pages. Several of the songs are by Mexican artists, including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Yuridia, and Pepe Aguilar, which seems only fitting since so much of the action takes place in Acapulco. Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman are longtime favorites of Lily’s. And since I’m a Hitchcock fan, I’ve borrowed parts of Bernard Hermann’s score for Vertigo. (If Hitchcock were alive today, he’d be asking Christen Lien to score his films, so a couple of her works are on the playlist, too.)

For anyone who doesn’t use iTunes but wants the track titles, here they are:

  1. Come fly With Me — Frank Sinatra
  2. Acapulco — Tito Puente and His Orchestra
  3. Me Olvidaras — Yuridia
  4. Hanuman — Rodrigo y Gabriela
  5. Damn the Circumstances —  Madeleine Peyroux
  6. The Beach — Bernard Hermann
  7. Helixa — Christen Lien
  8. (I Offer You the Moon) Señorita — Frank Sinatra
  9. Me Vas a Extrañar — Pepe Aguilar
  10. Bad Intentions — Digital Daggers
  11. Someone to Trust — Bear McCreary
  12. The Nightmare and Dawn — Bernard Hermann
  13. 15 Aftermaths — Christen Lien
  14. Now I Know — Cowboy Junkies
  15. Santo Domingo — Rodrigo y Gabriela
  16. Here’s Love in Your Eyes — Benny Goodman

Want to explore more of EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES? Check out the book’s Pinterest board. Hear me talk about the real-life story that inspired the book (my thanks to Crimespree‘s Jon Jordan for recording this at Mystery One in Milwaukee). Read the reviews. And, if you haven’t already, buy the book; it’s available from independent bookstores (here are a few I recommend) Macmillan, IndieBound, Indigo/Chapters, iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Powell’s.

Also, heartfelt thanks to everyone who bought the hardcover. Without you, there wouldn’t be a paperback!

 

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